SANS Seminar Series

  • Earth Science @ NASA Wallops: What We See! - October 12, 2017

    Campbell, BrianMr. Brian A. Campbell, a NASA Senior Earth Science Specialist with the NASA Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics Laboratory and the Laboratory for Atmospheres, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, completed his undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate student, he studied Geology and Planetary Science and History and Philosophy of Science. As a graduate student in the Graduate School of Education, he prepared himself for being a secondary Earth & Space science educator. He was a high school science educator for four years, which included two summers as a NASA Teacher Ambassador, prior to beginning his job at NASA in 2001. At NASA, Brian has served as a science educator and communicator for several NASA Earth-observing satellite missions, including the ICESat, ICESat-2, and SMAP missions, as well as several programs, including GLOBE, Coastal Observations, LIMA, and Ocean Color. Brian’s work focuses on communicating, with the world, how NASA satellites view the Earth synoptically, bringing an understanding of how our planet responds to change.

    As part of these satellite missions and programs, Brian has developed partnerships with students, educators, and researchers from over 50 countries. Brian instructs students and citizen scientists, from around the world, how to collect in-situ environmental data, and then compare their data to that of the NASA satellites. He has authored publications in professional science and education journals and teacher education magazines.

    To accomplish his work, Brian has worked for several federal government contractors, including GSC, SAIC, Sigma Space, and GST, Inc.

    In his spare time, Brian is an avid ten-pin bowler, with USBC-sanctioned, perfect 300 games in three different states.  He also loves to golf and spend time with his family, and especially loves traveling with his wife, Jen, and his son Andy.

    The Politics of Food and Why International Trade Deals Matter
     - October 5, 2017

    Gray, Quintin

    Mr. Gray has worked on food safety issues/projects for more than 30 years in Africa, the Middle East, and in South Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan).  Until December 2016, he served as Agriculture Counselor in Dubai, UAE where he opened markets for U.S. foods and where he was a highly sought after speaker on food safety issues.  He delivered food policy speeches at the SIAL Middle East 2016 Food Safety Conference in Abu Dhabi and in 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Center’s Food Security Conference, both speeches received wide press coverage.  In 2013, he served as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s East Africa Food Safety Assessment Team charged with developing a strategy to strengthen East African governments’ food safety programs. And importantly, from 2009 – 2012, Mr. Gray served as a senior member of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Afghanistan/Pakistan group, helping develop USDA’s agriculture programs in both countries; he worked on Afghan food safety issues as the Senior Agriculture Advisor for Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke at the U.S. Department of State; and served as the Agriculture Minister Counselor in Afghanistan, helping lead U.S. Government agricultural programs in Afghanistan. 

    Mr. Gray holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Transportation and a Master’s of Science in Agriculture Economics, both degrees from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Mr. Gray remains a highly sought-after food safety expert and spoke in 2017 at the Global Innovations in Agriculture Forum in Abu Dhabi and at the MENA Grains Conference in Dubai.

    Bio-mimicry: Nature Inspired Solutions in Energy, Sustainability and Designing Smart Materials - September 28, 2017

    Das, Dr. KausiksankarDr. Kausik S Das, has been working as an Assistant Professor in Physics and a graduate faculty member at the Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) for past three years. Dr. Das's research interest and expertise focus mainly on the areas of micro and mini-scale fluid physics integrated with bio and nano materials, energy transfer and storage. Dr. Das earned a doctorate (in Fluid Dynamics) in 2001 on ‘The Stability of the Surface Tension Driven Convection’. He has subsequently worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in UK in collaboration with the University of Oxford, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Toronto in Canada.

    At present Dr. Das is involved in revamping undergraduate research by scaling down several cutting edge research projects to table-top projects, making them suitable for undergraduate students to explore a multitude of interdisciplinary research topics. Among his mini-projects: synthesizing Nano-particles using plant extracts, bio-inspired smart surfaces, synthesis of graphene from a pencil lead and using it for energy harvesting and storage, Nano-particle mediated heat transfer in fluids, paper-microfluidics and paper-electrophoresis, low Reynolds number turbulence, thermo-photovoltaics and Nano-sensors.

    Targeting Peak Lamb and Chevon Demand . . . Against All Odds - September 21, 2017

    Escobar, Dr. E.

    Dr. Enrique Escobar came to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in July 2009 as an Assistant Professor and Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. He served as an instructor of courses on small ruminant production and management with emphasis on ruminant nutrition, livestock management, preventive health schedules, added value products, and marketing. He also supervises the operation of the UMES Small Ruminant Farm, conducts research and extension programs serving the demands of Maryland sheep and goat producers collaborating with University of Maryland Extension in statewide small ruminant program activities.

    Dr. Escobar has also contributed to international assignments with Heifer Project International in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica; with USDA Dairy Goat Marketing Assistance Project in Yerevan, Armenia; and with USAID/Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Nepal.

    Dr. Escobar earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 1978 and his Master of Science in 1974, both from the University of Maryland College Park. In 1972, he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad de El Salvador, in San Salvador.